Prepare: As you prepare to write your first discussion for this week:
Review Chapter 1 of Essentials of College Writing.
Identify two writing tasks listed in Chapter 1 as your strengths and two tasks as your weaknesses.
Review your Grammar Assessment.
Reflect Icon Reflect: Reflect on your experience writing the Practice Essay.
Write Icon Write: In your initial post for this discussion
Describe at least one writing task that you believe you did well on when writing the Practice Essay in Week One.
Describe one writing task that you believe you need to work on based on your experience writing the Practice Essay.
Describe three grammatical errors that you had the most difficulty with on the Grammar Assessment. To do so, go into the Gradebook and click on your quiz score. When you see a question with a red “X” next to it, this signals that it was answered incorrectly.
Share what you plan to do to further maximize your strengths and resolve your weaknesses.
Use specific examples.
Ask a question about this week’s assigned reading.
Your initial post must be 200 to 300 words in length
Prepare: As you prepare to write your second discussion for this week, take a few moments to:
Read Chapters 5 and 6 of Essentials of College Writing.
Review the Grading Rubric for this discussion.
Review the Introduction and Outline Worksheet.
Reflect Icon Reflect: Take time to reflect on the purpose of your essay. Think about the message you want your readers to take away from your essay.
Write Icon Write: Use the handout, “Introduction and Outline Worksheet," to create the following for your personal essay:
A comprehensive outline
Statement of purpose
An introductory paragraph
Please view the video Downloading a Document for guidance on accessing the “Introduction and Outline Worksheet.”
Post your outline, statement of purpose, and introductory paragraph to the discussion board. You can also upload it as a word document. Your initial post must be 200 to 300 words
Week Two Journal – Quotes
This week, you begin writing your journal entries. This journal is designed to give you practice in academic writing, which is very different from the personal essay writing that you have been practicing. Academic writing entails making a point and supporting that point with information from a reputable source. There are three ways to support a point with information from a source: quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing. This week, you will practice quoting a source and citing that source in your journal entry. Please be sure to read and review the “Example Journal Entry – Quotes” document, which describes how to integrate quotations. You should also review Guidelines for Quoting Sources and English Composition I: Integrating Quotations into Sentences.
Note: The journal assignment should not be confused with a personal journal. This activity requires organization, effective stylistics and grammar, and proper source incorporation. It is not a free-writing or reflective writing exercise.
Both of the personal essays we have read this week, “Sister Flowers” and “I Want a Wife,” use narrative and/or descriptive elements (refer to sections 6.3 and 6.4 in Essentials of College Writing), and each has a clear purpose.
Write about one of the essays assigned in this week’s readings. In 250 to 500 words
|Due By (Pacific Time)||08/17/2015 10:00 pm|
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